Winter weather on the way

Snow covered fields near Tow Law in County Durham today after overnight snow in December 2012 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

After an unseasonably mild few weeks, it'll be feeling more like winter over the next few days. Chilly for all of us today and expect it to feel even colder as we head into the weekend.

Temperatures will be falling away over the coming few days as bitterly cold air drifts in from Scandinavia and the eastern Continent on biting easterly winds.

Daytime temperatures will be only a few degrees above freezing point. By night temperatures will plunge well below zero, particularly in rural areas.

Some newspaper reports suggest there could be lows of -15c, this figure is likely to refer to overnight minimum temperatures in rural Scotland. But this is not at all unusual for this time of year.

Sheep shelter in their field in the snow covered hills near Brough in the North Pennines after overnight snowfall. December 2012 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

As rain moves in from the west on Saturday and clashes with colder air in the east, there'll be risk of sleet and snow across some parts of England and Wales. Especially over the higher ground.

Staying very cold on Sunday and into next week with further snow showers likely, mostly in the east. Expect the nights to be frosty and icy.